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Inclusive education reform : implications for teacher aides

Bourke, Patricia & Carrington, Suzanne (2007) Inclusive education reform : implications for teacher aides. Australasian Journal of Special Education, 31(1), pp. 15-24.

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Abstract

In Queensland, inclusive education reform is on the political agenda, following the report of the Ministerial Taskforce on Inclusive Education (students with disabilities) in 2004. The government’s responses to the initiatives outlined in the taskforce report emphasise a commitment to social justice and equity so that all students can be included in ways that enable them to achieve their potential. This commitment will be pursued by building an environment of consultation and collaboration with all stakeholders to improve the educational outcomes of students with disabilities, by reforming enrolment processes, and by enhancing professional development of current and future teaching staff. What does this vision for inclusive education reform mean for the position of the teacher aides who support students with disabilities (previously integration teacher aides)? Are they recognised as stakeholders within the reform process? How will they be consulted about reform?

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ID Code: 5388
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The author-version of this article will be available 18 months after publication. For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details: m.bourke@qut.edu.au
Keywords: teacher aides, teacher assistants, inclusive education
DOI: 10.1080/10300110601184701
ISSN: 1833-6914
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Australasian Journal of Special Education 31(1):pp. 15-24.
Deposited On: 02 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:16

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